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Connecticut Debates Allowing Police to Use Drones With Deadly Weapons Attached

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Lawmakers in Connecticut are debating allowing police to use drones in a new way in some circumstances according to CBS News.

Legislation is making its way through the state legislature that would ban drones with weapons, but it would exempt police agencies. One lawmaker told CBS that use of the drone would be used in limited circumstances:

Details on how law enforcement could use drones with weapons would be spelled out in rules to be developed by the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Officers also would have to receive training before being allowed to use drones with weapons.

“Obviously, this is for very limited circumstances,” said Republican state Sen. John Kissel, of Enfield, co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee that approved the measure Wednesday and sent it to the House of Representatives. “We can certainly envision some incident on some campus or someplace where someone is a rogue shooter or someone was kidnapped and you try to blow out a tire.”

According to CBS, North Dakota allows weaponized drones but limits the use to “less lethal” modes.

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